California Manufacturers: 3.3125% Sales Tax with this program

A new law beginning on July 1, 2014 allows...

Kickstarter: A Machinist’s Best Friend

Since its launch in 2009, Kickstarter has provided an...

Will this Video Make you Think?

We’re posting a gnarly video below (PG13) that is...

Machining Steel with Aluminum Feedrates

We receive plenty of press releases, but when we...

New Vacuum Chuck Sizes from Pierson

The best thing about a new year is new...

Marketing for Machine Shops: Part 3 – Internet Domain Names

So often, shops have no company website. Moreover, their...

Shop Tips & Product Reviews Never Enough Magnetic Mounts

Never Enough Magnetic Mounts

There’s a problem here. This photo is from an assembly workstation in a mid size shop. A magnetic bar holds essential tools. The problem is that it is the ONLY magnetic bar in the area...

February 27 2014 / No comment / Read More
DNC Software Search

DNC Software Search

We all have computers that need to talk to machines.  Modern machinery uses USB sticks or Ethernet for communication.  For older machines or for moldmakers who require a dripfeed of G-code, we set out to...

September 26 2013 / No comment / Read More
Shop Tip: Mark yer Bars

Shop Tip: Mark yer Bars

In this photo you see three bars of extruded aluminum waiting to be sawed together.  Notice the different bars marked with a straight line, a squiggly line and no line.  Why?  Because not all extrusions...

February 22 2013 / No comment / Read More
High Performance End Mills Continue to Make the Cut

High Performance End Mills Continue to Make the Cut

Last year we ran a test on the SUPERMILL TOMCAT 5 cutter since it touted feeds and speeds in steel that are normally reserved for aluminum. You can see that review on machining steel with...

February 21 2013 / No comment / Read More
New Products

Modular Vise does Multi-Part Workholding

Modular Vise does Multi-Part Workholding

Lexair’s modular CIVI Rail workholding system boosts the productivity, accuracy and repeatability of horizontal machining centers, providing multi-part clamping in virtually limitless configurations on...

Feb 4 2014 / No comment / Read More

Top Android Machinist Apps

Top Android Machinist Apps

**UPDATED POST** We’re adding more apps at the bottom! Seems like every pocket these days has a smart phone in it.  Machinists are no...

Sep 23 2013 / 4 comments / Read More

Self Centering Vise from another Planet?

Self Centering Vise from another Planet?

Planet Products Corporations announces the ProHold Series 6” hydraulic self-centering vise. This vise is a fully hydraulic double acting type with a total stroke...

Mar 14 2013 / No comment / Read More

Haas UMC 750

Haas UMC 750

We all know about vertical and horizontal machining centers, but the newest innovation from Haas Automation is their Universal Machining Center know as the...

Mar 11 2013 / No comment / Read More

Handheld Inkjet Printer Marks its Territory with Ease

Handheld Inkjet Printer Marks its Territory with Ease

Ok, now this is a game-changer for industrial labeling. The small but powerful MB-EBS250 Portable Inkjet Marker gives users a convenient solution to mark...

Nov 14 2012 / 1 comment / Read More

Nothing Worse than a Chip in the Eye

Nothing Worse than a Chip in the Eye

EXAIR’s family of Safety Air Guns (Precision Safety Air Gun, Soft Grip Safety Air Gun, and Heavy Duty Safety Air Gun) has always provided...

May 10 2012 / No comment / Read More


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California Manufacturers: 3.3125% Sales Tax with this program

California Manufacturers: 3.3125% Sales Tax with this program

A new law beginning on July 1, 2014 allows California based manufacturers to obtain a “partial exemption of sales and use tax” certificate for certain manufacturing equipment purchases.  The certificate is much like the current resale certificates that most manufacturers have. To be eligible under...

Feb 28 2014 / No comment / Read More

CAM Software for Students

CAM Software for Students

Gibbs and Associates, developer of GibbsCAM® software, introduces the GibbsCAM Student Edition as well as a new on-line Student Store to provide student resource materials. The Student Edition, which complements the GibbsCAM Classroom Edition, is available immediately to NC programming or machining students of high...

Apr 18 2013 / No comment / Read More

Major Change at Haas

Major Change at Haas

A 7500 RPM and  20 hp spindle has been synonymous Haas Automation’s VF series of Vertical Machining Centers for decades.  For 2012, Haas increased the speed and performance of the standard spindle on its wide line of 40-taper VMCs, and introduced several new optional spindles....

May 18 2012 / No comment / Read More

Westec 2012… But where are the Planes

Westec 2012… But where are the Planes

Westec once again comes to Los Angeles on March 28th, but the real question is, “Are shops really looking to buy because of Westec?”  IMTS has always had a good reputation for helping companies move their products, but Westec… well, let’s just say the lookie-loos...

Mar 9 2012 / No comment / Read More

Your New Tool Distributor: Amazon Industrial

Your New Tool Distributor: Amazon Industrial

Amazon.com boasts annual sales of $15 billion primarily through books and consumer items. So, why not open an industrial supply division for the rest of us? Well, they have. Amazon.com’s Industrial & Scientific site sells everything from abrasives and endmills to fasteners and raw materials....

Jan 10 2012 / 2 comments / Read More
Editorial

Kickstarter: A Machinist’s Best Friend

Kickstarter: A Machinist’s Best FriendSince its launch in 2009, Kickstarter has provided an instant a preemptive marketplace for projects to raise capital through individual investors. The practice is known...

Nov 14 2013 / No comment / Read More

Building a Website for your Company

Building a Website for your CompanySo, you’re thinking of signing up with one of those big box website companies and taking a shot at their “easy website builder”?  Allow my...

Oct 1 2013 / No comment / Read More

Will this Video Make you Think?

Will this Video Make you Think?We’re posting a gnarly video below (PG13) that is bound to cause any one of the following reactions: horror, shock, laughter, amazement, fear, anger, sadness,...

Oct 30 2012 / No comment / Read More
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